Time: 24 August 2020 – 31 July 2021
Place: The 1st year of studies are online, 2nd year is at Xamk, Mikkeli campus, Finland. If you get a place as a degree student, then the 3rd and 4th study years are online.
Extent: 60 ECTS credits
Credited in degree: Bachelor Engineering, Environmental Engineering
Enrolment period: 4th – 10th of August 2020, the enrolment is binding. The enrolment form will open 4th of August at 9 am Finnish time.
Price: The 1st year of studies are free of charge and the rest of the studies are 6 000 euros / academic year for students outside EU/EEA/Switzerland. If you can indicate the citizenship of EU/EEA/Switzerland, the studies are free of charge. More info is available here.
Number of study places: 20

Please notice, that these studies are not for Xamk degree students.


  • Ability to study at university level
  • Fluent English language skills both in writing and in speaking
  • Appropriate device for studies, see BYOD below (smart phone or tablet are not enough)
  • High motivation and time management skills
  • Responsibility for own studies

This training is carried out as online studies (1st, 3rd and 4th academic year) and partly through onsite studies (2nd year is on Xamk’s campus in Finland). Online studies are teacher-led, but require a lot of independent work based on the materials provided. The courses can include virtual lectures at specific times, so you need a headset and a mic. Virtual lectures are recorded so you can watch them later. Studies include a lot of learning tasks, group work, essays and other tasks that have certain deadlines. In addition there is usually an exam at the end of the course.

Onsite studies requires a presence in Mikkeli, Finland (2nd year).

The student's workload is as follows: There are 30 credits per semester in the Spring and in the Autumn. 1 credit equals 27 hours of student work, ie 30 credits equals 810 hours = 101 study days. Online studies require self-direction, time management, and commitment. Note that these studies are University studies and you have to meet the expectations of that level. 

The objective of the path studies is to carry out 60 ECTS credits during one school year. After you have completed 60 credits you can apply from open path to degree studies at Xamk. All credits completed through Open path studies are transferred to the degree studies.

Environmental Engineering (EE) program provides you with a wide perspective to the professional field of environmental technology. You learn about the causes, consequences and prevention of environmental problems from local oil spills to global problems, such as climate change and microplastics in waters. The field of environmental engineering is expanding and developing rapidly around the world for ensuring good living environment in the future.

After graduation you can work in different positions of environmental research, supervision, planning and management. You may develop and improve recycling solutions for cities, or conduct investigations and remediation measures in contaminated areas. Other tasks could be water and soil sampling, environmental monitoring or you may plan and organize water acquisition and treatment processes.

In the working life the tasks may include career positions like environmental manager, project engineer, research or development engineer, environmental specialist, consultant.

Contents and methods:
The contents of the studies are in accordance with Bachelor of Engineering, Environmental Engineering degree programme. The language of instruction is English. The studies are carried out as online studies (except for the 2nd academic year) in the group of degree students.

During their studies the students can participate in different kinds of projects, which are carried out in cooperation with working life. Environmental laboratory provides important learning environment for many courses such as chemistry, waste management, environmental sampling and monitoring, water treatment. The laboratory facilities also offer an excellent opportunity for project studies and for different research and development projects. Thus studies use blended-learning methods including lectures, online studies, and project-based learning.

BYOD – Bring your own device
The BYOD policy demands students use/bring their own devices, i.e. laptops, to campus. Read more here.

Enrolment and cancellation:
Enrolment in path studies is binding. Open study path students are taken in enrolment order. If you enroll on several open paths, the primary path is the one you enrolled in first.

If you cannot participate in the path you have already enrolled in, please let us know as soon as possible by email openstudies@xamk.fi. Enrolment can be canceled free of charge till 16th of August 2020. If you cancel after this, the tuition fee EUR 175 must be paid in total.

Open path studies are not intended for degree students of Xamk.

Information regarding studies
Principal lecturer Mr Arto Sormunen, arto.sormunen@xamk.fi

Information on degree studies in Environmental Engineering

Link to the curriculum

Study grants in Finland
Studying in the Open UAS does not entitle you to a study grant or other student benefits or discounts. In case you intend to study unemployed, please contact your local employment office (TE-toimisto) before you begin your studies. If your employer has granted you at least two months of uninterrupted study leave, you can apply for a full adult education allowance from Employment Fund.

From path to degree
You can apply in joint application period for Bachelor of Engineering, Environmental Engineering degree programme during your open path studies, if you qualify the admission criteria. More information here.

It is also possible to apply for a degree student without a formal qualification at separate admission organized by Xamk. This is possible after you have completed 60 credits at Xamk. More information here. The credits you have completed will be recognized as a part of your degree. Please notice, that if you are admitted as a degree student, the tuition fee for students outside of the EU/EEA is 6000 euros / academic year. More information on tuition fee here.

Additional information:
If you get a study place as a degree student from 2nd academic year, you should bring the following documents with you on the first day of studies:
– passport/residence permit or official Finnish ID
– certificate of physical examination (students from outside Finland only). This means that student should have a health examination done by a medical professional (nurse or doctor) who fills in the certificate. The certificate  gives Xamk school nurses basic information about your health, in case you need to use their services during your studies.

Residence permit
If you are not a citizen of Finland, it is possible that you have to have a valid residence permit in order to study in the Open UAS. You cannot get a residence permit based on of Open UAS studies.  More info here.

Additional information about the enrolment
The office of Xamk Open University of Applied Sciences, email openstudies@xamk.fi.

OUAS reserves the right to make changes.